A friend has bought one whereas I recently bought a 751. We are both happy with the SQ from CDs in particular & films were fine. However, neither of us use its internal DACs - we both own M-DACs to use their coax outs.
Thanks very much for helpful review. You mention some SQ issues with CA 752 and give it 4 stars, while CA751 receive five stars and apparently these SQ issues with CA752 wasn't with CA751. So is CA751 have a better or any different SQ from CA752, and thank!
The star ratings are awarded relative to the competition at the price level available at the time of the review. Compared to its then rivals we felt the CA 751 was a five star product. We don't feel the same about the CA 752 in the context of today's market, even though we think it's a better machine overall.
"We fire up the Blu-ray of The Amazing Spider-Man. Pumping video and audio out via HDMI, the sound is solid and crisp. Detail is good and there’s real pace and agility, while dialogue is clear. Deep bass notes are short and sharp and you can push it nice and loud without any danger of the sound hardening up. It doesn’t have quite the excitement or dynamic power we expect..."
WHF, this is surely complete nonsense IF we're talking about unadulterated bitstream straight off the disc and everything to do with the processing/amplification in the rest of system. The bitstream (data) characteristics do not change depending on the volume or level. Poppycock!
What we were trying to say is that the sonic presentation is refined, so even when played loudly it doesn't sound hard or aggressive. Not that the sound changes according to the volume. That indeed would be Poppycock.
Not great value @ £800 when the Oppo 105 with better class Sabre DAC, headphone amp, Input DAC feature and a proper linear toroidal PSU for audio for only £200 more. Having said that I do agree with WHF. I bought the 751 which has exactly the same analogue audio stage as the 752 and thought it was bloody awful - which surprised me as it has the same Wolfson 8740 DAC's that my beloved Arcam DV139 has in it. But somehow CA managed to make a product based upon a great DAC sound horrible. The upsampling feature seemed to make things sound slightly 'false' to my ears, and the multiple filter settings are utterly pointless and sonically almost indistinguishable from one another (come on CA - how many times have you heard that said?). But worse of all was the stereo imaging from the analogue outputs. It was so bad (read quiet on left channel) that I had to go over and put me ear against my speaker as I thought it was broken! I was familiar with the CD's I was playing, and when the Arcam went back in the rack (thank god I did not sell it straight away) all sonics were restored to what you would expect. I was VERY disappointed with it.
Can't fault the QDEO based video though.
So my question is if this 752 is rated as not great with music which I concur with, why did WHF give the original with the same analogue gubbins 5 stars?
The 751 was given five stars because we thought it compared very well with the alternatives available at the time. The sample you had may have been faulty. Ours worked properly out of both channels and certainly didn't sound poor.
My first response was Cambridge Audio.......£800, your kidding right.
Thanks to What Hi-Fi for being the first (I think) to publish a review of this machine.I was one of the early adopters and have been enjoying my unit for 5 weeks so far.
I just cannot agree with the WHF conclusion that this player is good - not great - with music. This unit is the most transparent, detailed and organic-sounding player I have had the pleasure to own. I had purchased it for the conectivity options, and of course the Blu Ray functions as well as SACD.
It has motivated me to sell my Roksan Caspian M2 CD, which is one accomplished player.
I don't know what you connected the 752BD to, but it would be extremely interesting to know what kind of amplification, speakers and cables you were using. I would understand if you paired this with some hyper-detailed amplifier such as a naim integrated.
The 752BD is a very revealing player musically, and the better the system the better you will get out of it. Tubes are just heavenly with this unit too.
The 752BD is ages better than the 840C cd player, a giant killer if there ever was one, yet it is in the same direction, but ups the equation. The 752BD does NOT sound like the 851C cd player, as the 752BD while transparent is a touch forgiving.
Icing on the cake is the SACD and DVD-Audio compatibility. Just listen to Mighty Sam McClain's just-realeased ''Give it up to Love'' SACD version of the original CD (itself very good on Audioquest -XRCD).
NO stand alone, ''SACD-less'' player at twice the price can touch this kind of sound of course. And it not only has to to with the SACD standard, but the way that Cambridge lets go of the notes.
I wish I have tried the Oppo 105, but the Cambridge is just a no-brainer - and - sorry to repeat myself - it is stunning with audio, nothing less.
To get this kind of sound for so little money (compared to mega-dollar units) should get the upper-end manufactuers worried as I see NO reason to spend more - and I'm talking audio performance only here.
One caveat - I do find the controls a bit sluggish - well, you can't have everything !
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